Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.
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Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.

August 12, 2009 21:28 ET

Ainsworth Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2009

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2009) - Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (TSX:ANS)(TSX:ANS.WT) today reported its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

During the second quarter of 2009, Ainsworth's three active OSB mills, all in Canada, took no demand related downtime. Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2009 was $19.5 million compared to a net loss of $33.5 million for the same period in 2008. The improvement was largely attributable to foreign exchange gains associated with the Company's outstanding debt.

Beginning with the recapitalization of the Company in July 2008, Ainsworth has taken a number of substantive measures to realign its business with the current economic environment. In addition to previously announced mill closures in Minnesota and temporarily curtailing production at three of its six Canadian mills, Ainsworth has implemented a number of cost reduction initiatives, including minimizing all discretionary expenditures. Until market conditions improve, the Company is committed to focusing its resources on its best performing assets.

Over the near term our priorities will continue to be managing our costs and returning our company to EBITDA positive results. Strategically, Ainsworth is focused on diversifying its business geographically, expanding its value-added product offerings, and leveraging the Company's proven track record of operational excellence, innovation and technical product development to become a company that is sustainable and profitable throughout business cycles.



Selected Financial Information
In millions of Canadian dollars,
except share and per share data
(Unaudited) Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
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2009 2008(1) 2009 2008(1)
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Sales $ 81.0 $ 97.2 $ 162.0 $ 170.9
Operating (loss) earnings (19.1) 0.9 (30.1) (25.0)
Foreign exchange gain
(loss) on long-term debt 50.4 6.8 28.7 (29.3)
Net income (loss) from
continuing operations 19.5 (33.5) (15.2) (111.2)
Net income (loss) 24.7 (34.2) (29.5) (122.4)

Adjusted EBITDA(2) (3.5) 11.6 (3.9) (5.7)

Basic earnings (loss) per share:
Net income (loss) from
continuing operations 0.20 (2.29) (0.15) (7.59)
Net income (loss) 0.25 (2.33) (0.29) (8.35)
Weighted average common shares
outstanding (in millions)(3) 100.0 14.6 100.0 14.6

(1) On July 29, 2008 the Company completed a major financial
recapitalization of its balance sheet. The results for the three and
six month periods ended June 30, 2008, as disclosed above, are the
results of the Predecessor Company while the results for the three and
six month periods ended June 30, 2009 are the results of the
recapitalized Company. Details regarding the financial recapitalization
are included in Note 1 of the consolidated financial statements for the
period ended December 31, 2008, which are available on SEDAR and the
Company's website.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as net (loss)
income from continuing operations before amortization, (gain) loss on
disposal of capital assets, finance expense, foreign exchange (gain)
loss on long-term debt, other foreign exchange (gain) loss, income tax
recovery and non-recurring items. See our Management's Discussion and
Analysis for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 for a reconciliation of
non-GAAP measures.
(3) 89,905,712 common shares and noteholder warrants exercisable for
10,094,288 common shares (for no additional consideration) were
outstanding on June 30, 2009 bringing total common shares and
noteholder warrants outstanding to 100,000,000.


Adjusted EBITDA was negative $3.5 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared with positive $11.6 million in the same period of 2008. The decline in adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of lower realized prices and an increase in costs of products sold, which reduced our gross profit (sales less costs of products sold (exclusive of amortization)). Foreign exchange partially offset the decline in gross profit as the Canadian dollar was an average of 13 cents lower in the second quarter of 2009 compared with the second quarter of 2008. The foreign exchange impact on adjusted EBITDA was an estimated $4.9 million improvement compared with the second quarter of 2008. In the first six months of 2009, adjusted EBITDA was negative $3.9 million, which was an improvement of $1.8 million from negative $5.7 million in the first six months of 2008.

The average of the market prices reported by Random Lengths during the second quarter of 2009 was U.S.$147 per msf (North Central region, on a 7/16th-inch basis) compared to U.S.$176 per msf in the second quarter of 2008.

OSB shipments from our continuing operations of 408,944 msf in the second quarter of 2009 were 1.2% higher than in the same period of 2008. Our operating OSB facilities experienced 1.25 days of unplanned maintenance down time during the second quarter of 2009.

On July 29, 2008 we completed a recapitalization which resulted in a realignment of equity and non-equity interests. The outcome of the recapitalization was a significant de-leveraging of our balance sheet. Our total debt and cash interest expense was reduced, and we are in a significantly better position to meet future market challenges. Details regarding the financial recapitalization are included in Note 1 of the consolidated financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2008, which are available on SEDAR and the Company's website.

Until North American market conditions improve, we have minimized all discretionary capital expenditures. In the meantime, we continue to focus on maintaining sufficient working capital to fund any shortfall from operations, interest payments, debt repayments and essential capital expenditures. During the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first half of 2009, as a result of the global economic crisis, the terms and availability of debt and equity capital have been materially restricted. As of June 30, 2009, our adjusted working capital was $200.8 million, compared to $226.8 million as at December 31, 2008.

Excerpts from the Company's financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2009 are attached. To view the complete financial statements, including the notes to the financial statements, click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Q2ANSfs.pdf

The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm EDT) to discuss the second quarter 2009 results. The dial-in phone number is 1-800-909-4792, Reservation #21434155. To access the post-view line, dial 1-800-558-5253, or 1-416-626-4100, Reservation #21434155. This recording will be available until the end of the day on August 20, 2009.

Forward-looking information provided in this news release relating to the Company's expectations regarding OSB demand and pricing and the Company's future prospects are forward-looking information pursuant to National Instrument 51-102 promulgated by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The Company believes that expectations reflected in such information are reasonable, but no assurance is given that such expectations will be correct. Forward-looking information is based on the Company's beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the assumption was made and on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected further developments as well as other factors deemed appropriate in the circumstances. Investors are cautioned that there are risks and uncertainties related to such forward-looking information and actual results may vary. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking information include, without limitation, factors detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and other regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information is made as of the date of this news release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as explicitly required by securities laws.



AINSWORTH LUMBER CO. LTD.
Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited)
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June 30 December 31
2009 2008
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ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 154,527 $ 192,584
Short-term investments 1,576 1,586
Accounts receivable 26,852 19,916
Inventories 43,276 53,251
Prepaid expenses 6,737 5,681
Restricted cash 4,337 5,344
Assets held for disposal 4,023 5,337
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241,328 283,699
Capital Assets, Net 635,690 652,448
Other Assets 12,638 14,512
Assets Held for Disposal 8,320 33,019
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$ 897,976 $ 983,678
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 20,747 $ 27,539
Income taxes payable 2,093 2,764
Current portion of future income tax liabilities 3,621 8,492
Current portion of long-term debt 11,832 12,366
Liabilities related to assets held for disposal 1,469 8,933
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39,762 60,094
Accrued Pension Benefit Liability 4,278 4,278
Other Liabilities 2,956 3,512
Long-term Debt 604,011 627,115
Future Income Tax Liabilities 47,129 60,160
Liabilities Related to Assets Held for Disposal 2,260 2,368
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700,396 757,527

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Capital Stock 409,613 409,613
Contributed Surplus 711 -
Deficit (210,517) (180,984)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (2,227) (2,478)
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197,580 226,151
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$ 897,976 $ 983,678
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AINSWORTH LUMBER CO. LTD.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except share data)
(Unaudited)
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Three months Six months
ended June 30 ended June 30
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2009 2008 2009 2008
The The The The
Company Predecessor Company Predecessor
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Sales $ 80,994 $ 97,163 $ 161,989 $ 170,927
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Costs and Expenses
Costs of products sold
(exclusive of amortization) 79,382 79,450 156,231 165,563
Selling and administration 5,117 6,797 10,182 12,768
Amortization of
capital assets 9,932 9,545 18,519 18,244
Net gain on disposal of
capital assets (364) (201) (899) (2,114)
Write-down of capital
assets held for sale 8,219 - 8,219 -
Write-down of inventory
related to assets held
for sale 4,262 - 4,262 -
(Net proceeds) cost of claim (6,463) 489 (4,435) 1,173
Cost of class action lawsuit - 172 - 318
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100,085 96,252 192,079 195,952
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Operating (Loss) Earnings (19,091) 911 (30,090) (25,025)

Finance Expense
Interest 13,362 16,247 27,875 33,866
Transaction costs - 9,624 - 13,078
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13,362 25,871 27,875 46,944
Other (Loss) Income (44) 574 570 1,689
Foreign Exchange Gain (Loss)
on Long-term Debt 50,448 6,811 28,721 (29,270)
Other Foreign Exchange
(Loss) Gain (3,868) (363) (1,720) 246
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Income (Loss) Before Income
Taxes 14,083 (17,938) (30,394) (99,304)
Income Tax (Recovery) Expense (5,452) 15,555 (15,147) 11,900
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Net Income (Loss) from
Continuing Operations 19,535 (33,493) (15,247) (111,204)
Net Income (Loss) from
Discontinued Operations 5,169 (709) (14,286) (11,181)
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Net Income (Loss) $ 24,704 $ (34,202) $ (29,533) $ (122,385)
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Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic
Continuing operations $ 0.20 $ (2.29) $ (0.15) $ (7.59)
Discontinued operations 0.05 (0.04) (0.14) (0.76)
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Net Income (Loss) $ 0.25 $ (2.33) $ (0.29) $ (8.35)
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Diluted
Continuing operations $ 0.20 $ (2.29) $ (0.15) $ (7.59)
Discontinued operations 0.05 (0.04) (0.14) (0.76)
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Net Income (Loss) $ 0.25 $ (2.33) $ (0.29) $ (8.35)
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AINSWORTH LUMBER CO. LTD.
Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
(Unaudited)
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Three months Six months
ended June 30 ended June 30
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2009 2008 2009 2008
The The The The
Company Predecessor Company Predecessor
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CASH FLOWS FROM
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income (loss) $ 24,704 $ (34,202) $ (29,533) $ (122,385)
Items not affecting cash
Amortization of
capital assets 9,934 11,614 18,521 22,835
Non-cash portion of
interest expense 4,850 340 10,300 674
Non-cash stock
based compensation 711 - 711 -
Foreign exchange
(gain) loss on
long-term debt (50,448) (6,811) (28,721) 29,270
Gain on disposal of
capital assets (2,114) (374) (2,294) (2,287)
Impairment of capital
assets of discontinued
operations - - 14,303 -
Write-down of capital
assets held for sale 8,219 - 8,219 -
Change in non-current
reforestation obligation (298) (194) (556) (264)
Future income taxes (8,132) 23,065 (17,902) 19,233
Unrealized foreign
exchange loss 2,536 - 1,772 -
Realized currency
translation adjustments - - - 1,465
Change in non-cash
operating working capital 8,516 6,931 (11,536) 11,358
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Cash (used in) provided by
operating activities (1,522) 369 (36,716) (40,101)
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CASH FLOWS FROM
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Repayment of long-term debt (3,315) (3,715) (5,023) (5,762)
Repayment of capital
lease obligations (93) (75) (193) (150)
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Cash used in financing
activities (3,408) (3,790) (5,216) (5,912)
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CASH FLOWS FROM
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Short-term investments 25 (6) 10 (51)
Restricted cash 86 769 1,007 129
Additions to capital assets (636) (868) (1,909) (4,074)
Decrease (increase) in
other assets 2,035 (993) 2,116 (622)
Proceeds on disposal
of capital assets 4,241 3,151 4,530 6,543
Settlement of warranty
holdback - 2,852 - 2,852
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Cash provided by
investing activities 5,751 4,905 5,754 4,777
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Effect of foreign exchange
rate changes on cash and
cash equivalents (2,727) 6 (1,879) (2)
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NET CASH (OUTFLOW) INFLOW (1,906) 1,490 (38,057) (41,238)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS,
BEGINNING OF PERIOD 156,433 26,899 192,584 69,627
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CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS,
END OF PERIOD $ 154,527 $ 28,389 $ 154,527 $ 28,389
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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
Taxes paid $ 104 $ 105 $ 110 $ 165
Interest paid 14,582 4,626 16,586 12,852
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